One Million Years B.C Blu-ray Review – 1966 Raquel Welch

As I continue my look at all of the Hammer films currently out on Bluray I’ve arrived at the adventure film famous for starring Raquel Welch. There’s no spoken word except for a little narration at the start of the film and the characters making some primitive communication. It’s been available to purchase since 2016, released by Studiocanal. So without further ado here’s my One Million Years B.C Blu-ray Review.

  • One Million Years B.C (1966)
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Directed by Don Chaffey
  • Running Time: 100 Mins
  • UK Rating PG
  • Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
  • Released By Studiocanal
  • Blu-ray Released: 24 October 2016
Plot

Following a successful hunting expedition Tumak (John Richardson) challenges the tribe’s leader and loses. Now an outcast he wanders the land until he comes under attack from a prehistoric creature. Fortunately for him another tribe is close by and one person in particular, Loana (Raquel Welch) risks her life to save him.

Style / DirectionOne Million Years B.C Blu-ray Review

The film was directed by Don Chaffey whilst the cinematography is handled by Wilkie Cooper. With no real spoken word only primitive noises it really relies on the filmmaking to convey the films storyline. Credit should also go to Ray Harryhausen who provided the special effects of the dinosaurs via the stop motion technique.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Mario Nascimbene and becomes an even more important element without any spoken words. It really does a good job of conveying the mood or action taking place on screen.

Acting / Characters

The film revolves around two main characters, those being played by Raquel Welch and John Richardson. Despite the limited dialogue between the two they do manage to create a certain chemistry which the story relies heavily on.

Cast
  • Raquel Welch as Loana
  • John Richardson as Tumak
  • Percy Herbert as Sakana
  • Robert Brown as Akhoba
  • Martine Beswick as Nupondi
  • Jean Wladon as Ahot
Conclusion: One Million Years B.C Film Review

In many ways this is a bit of an odd film that somehow works rather well. Whilst far from my favourite of the Hammer films it is if nothing else a well put together piece of filmmaking with striking visuals and an iconic looking Raquel Welch that lives long in the memory.

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Conclusion: One Million Years B.C Blu-ray Review

Studiocanal deliver yet another flawless Blu-ray release in terms of picture quality. There’s nothing to complain about, the image is sharp and there are no marks to report. On the extras side there’s a couple of interesting inverviews with Raquel Welch and Martine Beswick which provide some interesting insight into the making of the film.

Extras
  • Raquel Welch Interview (12 mins)
  • Martine Beswick Interview (15 mins)
  • Stills Gallery
  • Ray Harryhausen Stills, Storyboards & Artwork

On to my movie rating for One Million Years B.C (1966)

  • Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: EXCELLENT

One Million Years B.C (1966) is available now on Blu-ray.

Amazon UK Link

 

 

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version

So that’s my One Million Years B.C Blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:

 

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Summary: One Million Years B.C Blu-ray Review

Director(s): Don Chaffey

Actor(s): Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick, Jean Wladon

Genre: Adventure

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
4.3

Summary

Striking visuals and an iconic looking Raquel Welch means the film lives long in the memory.

Pros

  • Hammer Film
  • Excellent Blu-ray Release

Cons

  • None

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